12 days in North Island Itinerary

12 days in North Island Itinerary

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City of Sails

The largest and most populous city in New Zealand, Auckland combines a rich history and thriving contemporary culture in an abundance of museums, art galleries, and performance venues.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Tue): get engrossed in the history at Auckland Museum and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral Church of St. Mary. On the 19th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the world behind art at Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Butterfly Creek, then take in panoramic vistas at SkyTower, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at St Matthew-in-the-City Church.

To see reviews, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Auckland online day trip planner.

Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia to Auckland is an approximately 20.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Ulaanbaatar Standard Time (ULAT) to New Zealand Standard Time (NZST), which is usually a 4 hour difference. When traveling from Ulaanbaatar in June, plan for a bit cooler days in Auckland, with highs around 15°C, while nights are a bit warmer with lows around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) to allow time to fly to Rotorua.

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Sulphur City

Surrounded by lakes and featuring impressive areas of geothermal landscape, the city of Rotorua offers an otherwordly landscape and a welcoming, peaceful environment, with the culture of the native Maori people very much in the foreground.
Get in touch with nature at Te Puia and Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland. Do some cultural sightseeing at Whakarewarewa - The Living Maori Village and Buried Village of Te Wairoa. And it doesn't end there: tour the pleasant surroundings at Paradise Valley Springs Wildlife Park, whizz through the canopy at Redwoods Treewalk, contemplate the geological forces at Waimangu Volcanic Valley, and appreciate the history behind Arawa War Memorial Statue.

To find other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Rotorua vacation planning website.

Traveling by flight from Auckland to Rotorua takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Auckland in June, Rotorua is a bit cooler at night with lows of 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) so you can go by car to Taupo.

Things to do in Rotorua

Parks · Wildlife · Historic Sites · Nature
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Great Cloak of Tia

The resort town of Taupo lies on the banks of Lake Taupo, the largest body of water in the whole of Australasia.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Tongariro Alpine Crossing and Opepe Scenic and Historic Reserve. Get in touch with nature at Huka Falls Walkway and Fishing Charters & Tours. Change things up with a short trip to Te Porere Redoubt in Tongariro National Park (about 1h 20 min away). There's still lots to do: push the limits with an extreme tour, hike along Great Lake Trail, and stop by Souvenir Outlet.

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Traveling by car from Rotorua to Taupo takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) early enough to catch the flight to Wellington.

Things to do in Taupo

Outdoors · Trails · Parks · Tours

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Harbour Capital

Wellington, the world's southernmost capital city and New Zealand's second most populous urban area, combines the nation's rugged history and nature with its modern and cosmopolitan present.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Wed): tour the pleasant surroundings at ZEALANDIA Ecosanctuary, tour the pleasant surroundings at Tonga Island Marine Reserve, and then see the interesting displays at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take an in-depth tour of The Great War Exhibition, then take in nature's colorful creations at Katherine Mansfield House and Garden, then pause for some serene contemplation at Old St Paul's, and finally catch a ride on Wellington Cable Car.

For traveler tips, maps, photos, and tourist information, read our Wellington trip website.

Fly from Taupo to Wellington in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In June, daily temperatures in Wellington can reach 15°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) so you can fly back home.

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North Island travel guide

Hot Springs · Specialty Museums · Landmarks
The Fish of Māui
Home to both New Zealand's capital city and its most populous one, North Island remains the more urbane and modern of the country's two main islands. With a wealth of museums and places of historical importance, the island tells the story of New Zealand's inhabitants, from the native Maoris and European settlers to the cosmopolitan and inclusive population of the modern era. Away from the industrial and cultural centers, a tour of North Island can take you through the impressive and world-renowned landscape of deep gorges, rolling rivers, enormous lakes, and areas of volcanic activity--home to an amazing biodiversity of terrestrial and marine animal and plant life. Active vacationers on North Island may appreciate the extreme sports, and don't miss a chance to relax in its hot water springs.